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GuruFocus Financial Strength Rank measures how strong a company’s financial situation is. It is based on these factors

1. The debt burden that the company has as measured by its Interest coverage (current year).
2. Debt to revenue ratio. The lower, the better
3. Altman Z-score.

A company ranks high with financial strength is likely to withstand any business slowdowns and recessions.

Financial Strength : 7/10

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industry
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history
Cash to Debt 1.30
COST's Cash to Debt is ranked higher than
72% of the 484 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.84 vs. COST: 1.30 )
COST' s 10-Year Cash to Debt Range
Min: 0.01   Max: 5.83
Current: 1.3

0.01
5.83
Equity to Asset 0.37
COST's Equity to Asset is ranked higher than
60% of the 481 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.46 vs. COST: 0.37 )
COST' s 10-Year Equity to Asset Range
Min: 0.32   Max: 0.54
Current: 0.37

0.32
0.54
Interest Coverage 30.84
COST's Interest Coverage is ranked higher than
75% of the 357 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 14.60 vs. COST: 30.84 )
COST' s 10-Year Interest Coverage Range
Min: 1.83   Max: 129.33
Current: 30.84

1.83
129.33
F-Score: 6
Z-Score: 5.63
M-Score: -2.80
GuruFocus Profitability Rank ranks how profitable a company is and how likely the company’s business will stay that way. It is based on these factors:

1. Operating Margin
2. Trend of the Operating Margin (5-year average). The company with an uptrend profit margin has a higher rank.
••3. Consistency of the profitability
4. Piotroski F-Score
5. Predictability Rank•

The maximum rank is 10. A rank of 7 or higher means a higher profitability and may stay that way. A rank of 3 or lower indicates that the company has had trouble to make a profit.

Profitability Rank is not directly related to the Financial Strength Rank. But if a company is consistently profitable, its financial strength will be stronger.

Profitability & Growth : 8/10

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industry
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history
Operating margin (%) 2.90
COST's Operating margin (%) is ranked higher than
68% of the 479 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 3.77 vs. COST: 2.90 )
COST' s 10-Year Operating margin (%) Range
Min: 0.7   Max: 3.24
Current: 2.9

0.7
3.24
Net-margin (%) 1.94
COST's Net-margin (%) is ranked higher than
71% of the 479 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.36 vs. COST: 1.94 )
COST' s 10-Year Net-margin (%) Range
Min: 0.75   Max: 2.01
Current: 1.94

0.75
2.01
ROE (%) 18.82
COST's ROE (%) is ranked higher than
90% of the 471 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 9.86 vs. COST: 18.82 )
COST' s 10-Year ROE (%) Range
Min: 8.74   Max: 18.82
Current: 18.82

8.74
18.82
ROA (%) 6.73
COST's ROA (%) is ranked higher than
86% of the 478 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 4.39 vs. COST: 6.73 )
COST' s 10-Year ROA (%) Range
Min: 3.02   Max: 7.35
Current: 6.73

3.02
7.35
ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) 21.99
COST's ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) is ranked higher than
77% of the 478 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 19.26 vs. COST: 21.99 )
COST' s 10-Year ROC (Joel Greenblatt) (%) Range
Min: 4.81   Max: 22.72
Current: 21.99

4.81
22.72
Revenue Growth (%) 10.90
COST's Revenue Growth (%) is ranked higher than
88% of the 329 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 5.40 vs. COST: 10.90 )
COST' s 10-Year Revenue Growth (%) Range
Min: 4.8   Max: 14.9
Current: 10.9

4.8
14.9
EBITDA Growth (%) 11.90
COST's EBITDA Growth (%) is ranked higher than
86% of the 298 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 4.00 vs. COST: 11.90 )
COST' s 10-Year EBITDA Growth (%) Range
Min: 6   Max: 20
Current: 11.9

6
20
EPS Growth (%) 16.60
COST's EPS Growth (%) is ranked higher than
89% of the 297 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 4.40 vs. COST: 16.60 )
COST' s 10-Year EPS Growth (%) Range
Min: 2.4   Max: 24.4
Current: 16.6

2.4
24.4
» COST's 10-Y Financials

Financials


Revenue & Net Income
Cash & Debt
Oprt. Cash Flow & Free Cash Flow

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Guru Trades

Q2 2013

COST Guru Trades in Q2 2013

Bill Frels 1,966 sh (New)
Jeremy Grantham 1,325,158 sh (+44.33%)
Ron Baron 14,396 sh (+2.71%)
Mario Gabelli 102,510 sh (+0.7%)
Ruane Cunniff 744,517 sh (+0.55%)
Jeff Auxier 12,394 sh (+0.01%)
Tom Russo 5,855 sh (unchged)
Warren Buffett 4,333,363 sh (unchged)
Louis Moore Bacon Sold Out
Ray Dalio Sold Out
Paul Tudor Jones Sold Out
Tom Gayner 40,300 sh (-0.49%)
Chris Davis 12,946,197 sh (-8.27%)
RS Investment Management 37,998 sh (-8.33%)
PRIMECAP Management 1,436,250 sh (-26.04%)
Pioneer Investments 2,388 sh (-26.46%)
Steven Cohen 87,744 sh (-41.07%)
Jim Simons 542,500 sh (-51.79%)
» More
Q3 2013

COST Guru Trades in Q3 2013

Jim Simons 1,501,713 sh (+176.81%)
Jeremy Grantham 1,561,362 sh (+17.82%)
Bill Frels 2,169 sh (+10.33%)
Mario Gabelli 108,055 sh (+5.41%)
PRIMECAP Management 1,437,250 sh (+0.07%)
Jeff Auxier 12,395 sh (+0.01%)
Tom Russo 5,855 sh (unchged)
Warren Buffett 4,333,363 sh (unchged)
Caxton Associates 200,000 sh (unchged)
Ron Baron 14,396 sh (unchged)
Pioneer Investments Sold Out
Ruane Cunniff 742,898 sh (-0.22%)
Chris Davis 12,843,097 sh (-0.8%)
Tom Gayner 39,700 sh (-1.49%)
RS Investment Management 37,153 sh (-2.22%)
Steven Cohen 50,645 sh (-42.28%)
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Q4 2013

COST Guru Trades in Q4 2013

Louis Moore Bacon 10,000 sh (New)
Paul Tudor Jones 8,894 sh (New)
Ken Fisher 1,772 sh (New)
Jim Simons 2,857,513 sh (+90.28%)
Steven Cohen 68,228 sh (+34.72%)
RS Investment Management 44,878 sh (+20.79%)
Jeremy Grantham 1,736,761 sh (+11.23%)
Mario Gabelli 109,655 sh (+1.48%)
Ruane Cunniff 743,147 sh (+0.03%)
Jeff Auxier 12,395 sh (unchged)
Tom Russo 5,855 sh (unchged)
PRIMECAP Management 1,437,250 sh (unchged)
Ron Baron 14,396 sh (unchged)
Warren Buffett 4,333,363 sh (unchged)
Tom Gayner 39,300 sh (-1.01%)
Chris Davis 12,662,918 sh (-1.4%)
Bill Frels 1,969 sh (-9.22%)
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Q1 2014

COST Guru Trades in Q1 2014

Ken Fisher Sold Out
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Insider Trades

Latest Guru Trades with COST

GuruDate Trades Impact to Portfolio Price Range * (?) Current Price Change from Average Current Shares
PRIMECAP Management 2013-06-30 Reduce -26.04%0.08%$103.61 - $114.83 $ 113.564%1436250
Ray Dalio 2013-06-30 Sold Out 0.01%$103.61 - $114.83 $ 113.564%0
Meridian Funds 2013-03-31 Sold Out 0.63%$98.73 - $106.64 $ 113.5611%0
George Soros 2013-03-31 Sold Out 0.47%$98.73 - $106.64 $ 113.5611%0
Ray Dalio 2013-03-31 New Buy0.01%$98.73 - $106.64 $ 113.5611%13306
George Soros 2012-12-31 New Buy0.47%$94.47 - $105.95 $ 113.5616%400000
PRIMECAP Management 2012-12-31 Reduce -27.21%0.14%$94.47 - $105.95 $ 113.5616%2359150
Ray Dalio 2012-12-31 Sold Out 0.02%$94.47 - $105.95 $ 113.5616%0
Ray Dalio 2012-09-30 Reduce -49.78%0.02%$93.66 - $102.67 $ 113.5617%12806
Ray Dalio 2012-06-30 Reduce -57.71%0.05%$82.45 - $94.33 $ 113.5630%25500
Meridian Funds 2012-03-31 Reduce -25.08%0.15%$79.01 - $91.52 $ 113.5644%161900
Ray Dalio 2012-03-31 Add 36.42%0.02%$79.01 - $91.52 $ 113.5644%60301
Ray Dalio 2011-12-31 Reduce -67.9%0.12%$79.02 - $87.47 $ 113.5636%44201
Ron Baron 2011-12-31 Reduce -81.41%0.03%$79.02 - $87.47 $ 113.5636%10274
Dodge & Cox 2011-12-31 Sold Out 0.0003%$79.02 - $87.47 $ 113.5636%0
Ray Dalio 2011-09-30 Reduce -56.62%0.21%$70.39 - $85.07 $ 113.5644%137701
Meridian Funds 2011-09-30 Reduce -23.21%0.17%$70.39 - $85.07 $ 113.5643%238600
Jean-Marie Eveillard 2011-09-30 Sold Out 0.0658%$70.39 - $85.07 $ 113.5643%0
Ron Baron 2011-09-30 Add 28.64%0.01%$70.39 - $85.07 $ 113.5643%55274
Jean-Marie Eveillard 2011-06-30 Reduce -86.59%0.42%$74.17 - $83.86 $ 113.5643%175000
Dodge & Cox 2011-06-30 New Buy$74.17 - $83.86 $ 113.5643%2700
Mario Gabelli 2011-03-31 Reduce -76.39%0.23%$69.76 - $75.43 $ 113.5656%129915
Ron Baron 2011-03-31 Reduce -61.5%0.03%$69.76 - $75.43 $ 113.5656%44169
George Soros 2011-03-31 Sold Out $69.76 - $75.43 $ 113.5656%0
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Ratios

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P/E(ttm) 25.50
COST's P/E(ttm) is ranked higher than
53% of the 432 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 18.70 vs. COST: 25.50 )
COST' s 10-Year P/E(ttm) Range
Min: 14.35   Max: 29.25
Current: 25.5

14.35
29.25
P/B 4.40
COST's P/B is ranked lower than
59% of the 471 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.70 vs. COST: 4.40 )
COST' s 10-Year P/B Range
Min: 1.86   Max: 4.92
Current: 4.4

1.86
4.92
P/S 0.47
COST's P/S is ranked higher than
61% of the 496 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.49 vs. COST: 0.47 )
COST' s 10-Year P/S Range
Min: 0.24   Max: 0.52
Current: 0.47

0.24
0.52
PFCF 35.60
COST's PFCF is ranked higher than
52% of the 294 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 21.92 vs. COST: 35.60 )
COST' s 10-Year PFCF Range
Min: 12.13   Max: 114.1
Current: 35.6

12.13
114.1
EV-to-EBIT 15.90
COST's EV-to-EBIT is ranked higher than
55% of the 456 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 13.48 vs. COST: 15.90 )
COST' s 10-Year EV-to-EBIT Range
Min: 8.6   Max: 18.8
Current: 15.9

8.6
18.8
PEG 2.00
COST's PEG is ranked higher than
72% of the 240 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.47 vs. COST: 2.00 )
COST' s 10-Year PEG Range
Min: 1.24   Max: 3.14
Current: 2

1.24
3.14
Shiller P/E 31.00
COST's Shiller P/E is ranked lower than
51% of the 240 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 20.16 vs. COST: 31.00 )
COST' s 10-Year Shiller P/E Range
Min: 16.38   Max: 35.13
Current: 31

16.38
35.13

Dividend & Buy Back

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industry
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Dividend Yield 1.09
COST's Dividend Yield is ranked lower than
74% of the 410 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.85 vs. COST: 1.09 )
COST' s 10-Year Dividend Yield Range
Min: 0.24   Max: 1.64
Current: 1.09

0.24
1.64
Dividend Payout 0.28
COST's Dividend Payout is ranked higher than
73% of the 352 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.33 vs. COST: 0.28 )
COST' s 10-Year Dividend Payout Range
Min: 0.16   Max: 0.38
Current: 0.28

0.16
0.38
Dividend growth (3y) 15.00
COST's Dividend growth (3y) is ranked higher than
87% of the 232 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 5.80 vs. COST: 15.00 )
COST' s 10-Year Dividend growth (3y) Range
Min: 0   Max: 40.1
Current: 15

0
40.1
Yield on cost (5-Year) 2.19
COST's Yield on cost (5-Year) is ranked higher than
54% of the 417 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.06 vs. COST: 2.19 )
COST' s 10-Year Yield on cost (5-Year) Range
Min: 0.48   Max: 3.27
Current: 2.19

0.48
3.27
Share Buyback Rate 0.40
COST's Share Buyback Rate is ranked higher than
84% of the 270 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 0.10 vs. COST: 0.40 )
COST' s 10-Year Share Buyback Rate Range
Min: 3.3   Max: -5.6
Current: 0.4

Valuation & Return

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history
Price/Tangible Book 4.30
COST's Price/Tangible Book is ranked lower than
59% of the 402 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 2.10 vs. COST: 4.30 )
COST' s 10-Year Price/Tangible Book Range
Min: 1.43   Max: 5.8
Current: 4.3

1.43
5.8
Price/DCF (Projected) 1.80
COST's Price/DCF (Projected) is ranked higher than
54% of the 235 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.30 vs. COST: 1.80 )
COST' s 10-Year Price/DCF (Projected) Range
Min: 1.02   Max: 7.94
Current: 1.8

1.02
7.94
Price/Median PS Value 1.10
COST's Price/Median PS Value is ranked higher than
59% of the 451 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.10 vs. COST: 1.10 )
COST' s 10-Year Price/Median PS Value Range
Min: 0.44   Max: 1.97
Current: 1.1

0.44
1.97
Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value 2.10
COST's Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value is ranked higher than
56% of the 138 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.36 vs. COST: 2.10 )
COST' s 10-Year Price/Peter Lynch Fair Value Range
Min: 1.35   Max: 3.03
Current: 2.1

1.35
3.03
Price/Graham Number 2.20
COST's Price/Graham Number is ranked lower than
56% of the 368 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 1.45 vs. COST: 2.20 )
COST' s 10-Year Price/Graham Number Range
Min: 1.01   Max: 3.12
Current: 2.2

1.01
3.12
Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) 6.30
COST's Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) is ranked higher than
59% of the 467 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 7.40 vs. COST: 6.30 )
COST' s 10-Year Earnings Yield (Greenblatt) Range
Min: 5.3   Max: 11.6
Current: 6.3

5.3
11.6
Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) 14.73
COST's Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) is ranked higher than
84% of the 289 Companies
in the Global Discount Stores industry.

( Industry Median: 9.91 vs. COST: 14.73 )
COST' s 10-Year Forward Rate of Return (Yacktman) Range
Min: 9   Max: 16.3
Current: 14.73

9
16.3

Business Description

Industry: Retail - Defensive » Discount Stores
Compare:WMT, WMMVY, DG, FDO, DLTR » details
Traded in other countries:CTO.Germany
Costco Wholesale Corporation and its subsidiaries began operations in 1983 in Seattle, Washington. In October 1993, it merged with The Price Company, which had pioneered the membership warehouse concept, to form Price/Costco, Inc., a Delaware corporation. In January 1997, after the spin-off of most of its non-warehouse assets to Price Enterprises, Inc., it changed its name to Costco Companies, Inc. On August 30, 1999, it reincorporated from Delaware to Washington and changed its name to Costco Wholesale Corporation. The Company and its subsidiaries are principally engaged in the operation of membership warehouses in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan, Australia, through majority-owned subsidiaries in Taiwan and Korea, and a 50% owned joint venture in Mexico (Mexico). The Company operates membership warehouses based on the concept that offering its members low prices on a limited selection of nationally branded and private-label products in a wide range of merchandise categories will produce high sales volumes and rapid inventory turnover. This turnover, when combined with the operating efficiencies achieved by volume purchasing, efficient distribution and reduced handling of merchandise in no-frills, self-service warehouse facilities, enables it to operate profitably at significantly lower gross margins than traditional wholesalers, mass merchandisers, supermarkets, and supercenters. The Company buys the majority of its merchandise directly from manufacturers and route it to a cross-docking consolidation point (depot) or directly to its warehouses. The Company's depots receive container-based shipments from manufacturers and reallocate these goods for shipment to its individual warehouses, generally in less than twenty-four hours. This maximizes freight volume and handling efficiencies, eliminating many of the costs associated with traditional multiple-step distribution channels. Such traditional steps include purchasing from distributors as opposed to manufacturers, use of central receiving, storing and distributing warehouses, and storage of merchandise in locations off the sales floor. The Company's typical warehouse format averages approximately 143,000 square feet; newer units tend to be slightly larger. Floor plans are designed for economy and efficiency in the use of selling space, the handling of merchandise, and the control of inventory. The Company's warehouses generally operate on a seven-day, 69-hour week, open weekdays between 10:00 a.m. and 8:30 p.m., with earlier weekend closing hours. The Company's strategy is to provide its members with a broad range of high quality merchandise at prices consistently lower than they can obtain elsewhere. The Company seeks to limit specific items in each product line to fast-selling models, sizes, and colors. Therefore, it carries an average of approximately 3,300 to 3,800 active stock keeping units (SKUs) per warehouse in its core warehouse business, as opposed

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